The Singularity is Near

by on October 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

Telepathy has always been a sign of kookiness but synthetic telepathy heh that’s just around the corner.

The U.S. Army is developing a technology known as synthetic telepathy that would
allow someone to create email or voice mail and send it by thought alone. The
concept is based on reading electrical activity in the brain using an
electroencephalograph, or EEG…

The idea of communicating by thought alone is not a new
one. In the 1960s, a researcher strapped an EEG to his head and, with some
training, could stop and start his brain’s alpha waves to compose Morse code
messages.

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1 Anderson S. Childress October 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Sounds similar to how robotic prostheses are being developed. Not really telepathy, just learning and recognizing relatively rudimentary brain patterns.

2 Nate October 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Wasn’t there an article about something similar about 2 years ago. Essentially, there is a device that can guess what you are thinking about saying by reading impulses sent to the vocal cords. A simple wireless connection between that and a cochlear implant would have the effect of telepathy.

3 otto October 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Must get me a Pentagon contract.

4 John Pertz October 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm

I remember a marxist econ prof telling our class one day about how remarkably worse off we would be without the innovations spurred on by the U.S military.

5 doctorpat October 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm

The really, economy changing, impact of this is of course the removal of the need for keyboards on laptops, phones, MP3 players….

And “Doctor Octopus”? I thought of “Firefox”, for those of you who still remember the early 1980s.

6 Steve Sailer October 15, 2008 at 6:49 am

There’s a Jerry Pournelle novel from the 1980s about LA in the near future. The top two managers in a corporation have had company-subsidized skull operations to implant radio transmitters with brain interfaces in their heads. At big meetings, they silently communicate with each other and then tell their underlings what they’ve decided. The underlings find it very annoying.

7 flix October 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

Vernor Vinge: A Deepness in the Sky

8 Joseph October 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Fascinating idea but it has to have some health risks. At first it sounds like an idea formulated in a drug rehab , but then after some thought I guess anything is possible. Just as long as it doesn’t affect my sleep!

9 aion kina March 18, 2009 at 2:43 am
10 lucy May 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm

it is an interesting topic

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